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“Working together with the Council of Governments during weather emergencies helps OPM keep the federal government running, and our workforce safe,” said Mr. Berry on the relationship between OPM and COG. “It’s a team effort, and this partnership makes it possible. I want to accept this award on behalf of the entire OPM team.”

Each year, COG members nominate partners for the Regional Partnership Award, which highlights those that have worked alongside COG to improve the quality of life for the Metropolitan Washington area. This award is given to an individual or organization which supports the programs and policies of COG.

OPM is responsible for informing the Washington, DC, area on dismissal and closure procedures during times of extreme weather conditions or other emergency events. For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/dismissal.pdf.

• The Sarge joins with Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on his statement regarding the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye:

“I am saddened by the news this evening of Senator Inouye’s passing. He was one of the last World War II veterans in Congress, and a leading veteran advocate for more than 50 years. His selfless service to our nation dates back well before his time on Capitol Hill, where in hard battle on the fields of Italy in 1945 his actions resulted in being bestowed the Medal of Honor. With his passing, we remember the bravery and dedication of the Greatest Generation, and with each day that sets, we mourn all who battled through this life to find reward in the next.”